List of mayors of Indianapolis
|Mayor of City of Indianapolis|
Seal of City of Indianapolis
|Term length||Four years|
|Inaugural holder||Samuel Henderson|
|Website||Office of the Mayor|
The Mayor of Indianapolis is the head of the executive branch of the consolidated city-county government of Indianapolis and Marion County. As the chief executive, the mayor has the duty to oversee city-county government's various departments, agencies, and municipal corporations. He or she also has the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the Indianapolis City-County Council, the legislative branch. The mayor serves a four-year term and has no limit to the number of terms he or she may serve.
The mayor of Indianapolis is elected every four years; elections take place one year before United States presidential elections on election day in November. The mayor is usually sworn in at noon on January 1st following the election. The next election for the mayor will be in 2019.
Indianapolis city elections are partisan, with party affiliations listed alongside candidates' names on the ballot. Primary elections are held on the first Tuesday of May in a mayoral election year. Candidates for mayor secure their party's nominations to campaign in the general election, held on Election Day the following November.
To date, 43 individuals have served as mayor. There have been 49 mayoralties due to six individuals who served nonconsecutive terms. John Caven, Caleb S. Denny, Charles A. Bookwalter, Samuel L. Shank, Reginald H. Sullivan, and Philip L. Bayt served two nonconsecutive terms each. The longest term was that of William "Bill" Hudnut, who served four consecutive terms for 16 years. The shortest term was that of Claude E. Negley, who served 13 days.
|#||Mayor||Term start||Term end|
|1||Henderson, SamuelSamuel Henderson||May 1, 1847||1849||Whig|
|2||Newcomb, Horatio C.Horatio C. Newcomb||1849||November 7, 1851||Whig|
|3||Scudder, CalebCaleb Scudder||1851||1854||Whig|
|4||McCready, JamesJames McCready||1854||1856||Democratic|
|5||West, Henry F.Henry F. West||1856||November 8, 1856||Democratic|
|6||Coulon, Charles G.Charles G. Coulon||1856||1856||Democratic|
|7||Wallace, William J.William J. Wallace||1856||May 5, 1858||Republican|
|8||Maxwell, Samuel D.Samuel D. Maxwell||1858||1863||Republican|
|9||Caven, JohnJohn Caven||1863||1867||Republican|
|10||McCauley, DanielDaniel McCauley||1867||1873||Republican|
|11||Mitchell, James L.James L. Mitchell||1873||1875||Democratic|
|12||Caven, JohnJohn Caven||1875||1881||Republican|
|13||Grubbs, Daniel W.Daniel W. Grubbs||1881||1884||Republican|
|14||McMaster, John L.John L. McMaster||1884||1886||Republican|
|15||Denny, Caleb S.Caleb S. Denny||1886||1890||Republican|
|16||Sullivan, Thomas L.Thomas L. Sullivan||1890||1893||Democratic|
|17||Denny, Caleb S.Caleb S. Denny||1893||1895||Republican|
|18||Taggart, ThomasThomas Taggart||1895||1901||Democratic|
|19||Bookwalter, Charles A.Charles A. Bookwalter||1901||1903||Republican|
|20||Holtzman, John W.John W. Holtzman||1903||1906||Democratic|
|21||Bookwalter, Charles A.Charles A. Bookwalter||1906||1910||Republican|
|22||Shank, Samuel L.Samuel L. Shank||1910||November 28, 1913||Republican|
|23||Wallace, Henry R.Henry R. Wallace||1913||1914||Republican|
|24||Bell, Joseph E.Joseph E. Bell||1914||1918||Democratic|
|25||Jewett, Charles W.Charles W. Jewett||1918||1922||Republican|
|26||Shank, Samuel L.Samuel L. Shank||1922||1926||Republican|
|27||Duvall, John L.John L. Duvall||1926||October 27, 1927||Republican|
|28||Negley, Claude E.Claude E. Negley||October 27, 1927||November 9, 1927||Republican|
|29||Slack, Lemuel ErtusLemuel Ertus Slack||1927||1930||Democratic|
|30||Sullivan, Reginald H.Reginald H. Sullivan||1930||1935||Democratic|
|31||Kern, John W.John W. Kern||1935||September 2, 1937||Democratic|
|32||Boetcher, Walter C.Walter C. Boetcher||1937||1939||Democratic|
|33||Sullivan, Reginald H.Reginald H. Sullivan||1939||1943||Democratic|
|34||Tyndall, RobertRobert Tyndall||1943||July 9, 1947||Republican|
|35||Denny, George L.George L. Denny||July 9, 1947||January 1, 1948||Republican|
|36||Feeney, Albert G.Albert G. Feeney||January 1, 1948||November 12, 1950||Democratic|
|37||Bayt, Philip L.Philip L. Bayt||November 12, 1950||November 24, 1951||Democratic|
|38||Emhardt, Christian J.Christian J. Emhardt||November 24, 1951||January 1, 1952||Democratic|
|39||Clark, Alex M.Alex M. Clark||January 1, 1952||January 1, 1956||Republican|
|40||Bayt, Philip L.Philip L. Bayt||January 1, 1956||January 1, 1960||Democratic|
|41||Boswell, Charles H.Charles H. Boswell||January 1, 1960||August 6, 1962||Democratic|
|42||Losche, Albert H.Albert H. Losche||August 6, 1962||January 1, 1964||Democratic|
|43||Barton, John J.John J. Barton||January 1, 1964||January 1, 1968||Democratic|
Unigov, the city-county consolidation of Indianapolis and Marion County governments, was enacted on January 1, 1970, exactly two years into Richard Lugar's first term as mayor. The new governance structure, codified in Indiana Code, mandates that the Mayor of Indianapolis is the chief executive of both the city and Marion County. Due to this structure, all Marion County residents are permitted to vote for the Mayor of Indianapolis, regardless if they live within the city or an excluded city or town. For example, residents of Beech Grove, which is an entirely independent municipality in Marion County, have the ability to vote for the Mayor of Indianapolis.
|#||Mayor||Term start||Term end|
|44||Lugar, RichardRichard Lugar||January 1, 1968||January 1, 1976||Republican|
|45||Hudnut, William H.William H. Hudnut||January 1, 1976||January 1, 1992||Republican|
|46||Goldsmith, StephenStephen Goldsmith||January 1, 1992||January 1, 2000||Republican|
|47||Peterson, BartBart Peterson||January 1, 2000||January 1, 2008||Democratic|
|48||Ballard, GregGreg Ballard||January 1, 2008||January 1, 2016||Republican|
|49||Hogsett, JosephJoseph Hogsett||January 1, 2016||incumbent||Democratic|
Living former mayors
|Mayor||Mayoral term||Date of birth|
|Lugar, RichardRichard Lugar||1968–1976||April 4, 1932 (age 85)|
|Goldsmith, StephenStephen Goldsmith||1992–2000||December 12, 1946 (age 70)|
|Peterson, BartBart Peterson||2000–2008||June 15, 1958 (age 59)|
|Ballard, GregGreg Ballard||2008–2016||November 20, 1954 (age 63)|
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- "Unigov Handbook: A Citizen's Guide to Local Government" (PDF). League of Women Voters of Indianapolis. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
- Price, Nelson (2004). Indianapolis Then & Now. San Diego, California: Thunder Bay Press. p. 38. ISBN 1-59223-208-6.
- "Partisan vs. Nonpartisan Elections". National League of Cities. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
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- Died in office.
- Appointed by Council.
- Died in office.
- Died in office.
- "IC 36-3-3-2". iga.in.gov. Retrieved November 8, 2017.